NLSP (DC) – Staff Attorney Position

September 1, 2016

Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP) seeks a Staff Attorney who will focus on implementing a project to promote stability and preserve assets of housing cooperatives in the District of Columbia.   The Staff Attorney should have at least two years of housing law experience (law school clinical experience may count), be passionate about achieving justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, a creative and zealous lawyer and a team-player, committed to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities.  This is a grant-funded project that currently is funded for two years.

The Staff Attorney will be located in NLSP’s Ward 7 office at 4609 Polk St.NE., Washington, DC.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist limited-housing cooperatives to comply with mandatory reporting requirements and implement corrective actions for past failures to meet tax, insurance or other regulatory obligations.
  • Advise and train board members of limited-equity housing cooperatives on their fiduciary duties and matters relating to good governance, such as updating, interpreting, and adhering to governing documents, policies and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with and enforcement of contracts for building maintenance, rehabilitation, and management services on behalf of limited-equity housing cooperatives.
  • Educate board members and agents of limited-equity housing cooperatives on the requirements of federal or local subsidy programs that may be providing financial assistance to the organization or residents.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with NLSP’s subcontractor partner University Legal Services in order to provide essential asset management services and assess long-term sustainability of limited-equity housing cooperatives.
  • Handle a limited number of traditional housing cases (eviction prevention, remediating sub-standard conditions)
  • Actively participate as a member of the NLSP team, including but not limited to participation in cross-office activities and advocacy.
  • Adhere to program and case handling policies, procedures and standards of practice, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • JD. degree from an accredited law school, member in good standing of the DC Bar, or member of another State Bar and eligible for admission to the D.C. Bar.
  • Demonstrated understanding of housing cooperatives, business organizations, and housing finance.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income persons and low-income communities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the concept of community lawyering.
  • Experience working with low-income groups on community or multi-stakeholder projects.
  • Experience with community development law or strategies or the provision of legal services to strengthen low-income communities highly desirable.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and team-oriented approach.
  • At least two years experience in housing law required; transactional and real estate experience highly desirable. Other experience in secured transactions is also desirable.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams.
  • Prior civil legal aid experience highly desirable.
  • Fluency in Spanish or another language frequently spoken by low-income DC residents desirable.

Supervisor:  The Staff Attorney will report to a NLSP Managing Attorney.

Salary:  Depends upon experience; excellent benefits. 

Application process:  Submit letter of interest, resume, contact information for three professional references and a writing sample to:  nlsp@nlsp.org.  The position will remain open until filled; however, interested applicants are encouraged to submit applications by September 16, 2016.

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